Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by the removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder. (The Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce)
A Courageous Outcast...
Rosamunde Baird has lost everything and has no choice but to accept an invitation to spend a season with a dowager duchess and her clandestine ladies' club. Determined to stay in the shadows and live quietly, she has sworn never again to come face-to-face with adventure and temptation, two things that brought her ruin years ago. But then the duke of Helston dangles before her the very things she craves most....
Lord Fire and Ice....
Mysterious Luc St. Aubyn has a much-deserved reputation for exuding blistering passion at night and frost the morning after. What demons drive this audacious war hero to hide secrets about the dowager's club and his devilish dictionary? When he's blindsided by his reactions to a virtuous siren, he has no choice but to reveal all during a scandal that will doom them...or save them, if only they dare to believe in love.
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Fantastic narration, unforgettable story
Bianca Amato is incomparable when it comes to narrating emotion-packed novels. Her voice is fantastic, and she infuses each phrase with the right emotion and cadence for each character, and for the written word. She also is one of the few women narrators I've come across who can do male voices well. This story by Sophia Nash is superb. But Amato's interpretation carries it with a grace and power that forces you to swiftly become captivated. This is one of those rare audiobooks that I quickly opt to hear a second time.
Luc (although Rosamunde is close behind). Both the hero and heroine are multi-faceted, and have made mistakes in the past that have forced both to closet their emotions in the present. Both misinterpret the other, but it's not in the melodramatic way that one often sees in Regency romances. It's subtle. A third strong character is his grandmother, Ata. She is opposed to their match, but she's otherwise in Rosamunde's court. Nash makes Ata a much more nuanced character than the usual resistant relative.. And Grace, the countess, is fabulous as well. Most of the characters break the mold, showing the mixed sides of human nature.
YES...Loved her in Tracy Ann Warren's "The Husband Trap,'' and its sequels, and in "The Paid Companion'' by Amanda Quick. But what sold me on Amato was her narration of Mary Balogh's "The Proposal," part one of her 7-part Survivors Series. Balogh's biggest mistake was to switch narrators for the rest of the series. Amato was exquisite. Audible should hire her to re-record the rest.
Passion: A curse, and a savior.